Congratulations! You’re pregnant! Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of your life, however it can be one of the most daunting times too. The next year will be filled with great joy and incredible changes.
We, at Womens Health Only believe that care during your pregnancy should be based on the physical, emotional, social and cultural wellbeing of the mother and infant. At Women’s Health Only we recognise the importance of collaboration and cooperation between other professionals to provide optimum care.
We therefore work closely with our fellow professionals Christine White (Clinical Psychologist) and Kirsten Hill (Bodycare Physiotherapy).
Dr Homar and Dr Cerqui recommend an early visit as soon as your pregnancy has been confirmed by your local doctor.
At your first antenatal visit, your medical and previous obstetric (if you have one) history will be taken, pregnancy dates established and you will also meet with our Midwife who will provide you with information regarding your pregnancy (please see the Midwife section for further information).
The first visit is usually performed between 6 and 10 weeks gestation.
Antenatal visits will be every 4 weeks until you are 28 weeks, unless otherwise indicated. From 28 weeks gestation you will commence fortnightly antenatal visits until 36 weeks.
From 36 weeks you will have weekly appointments until the birth of your baby.
Approximately 6 weeks after the birth of your baby you will be scheduled in for your postnatal review.
The following investigations are recommended during your pregnancy:
|Routine antenatal blood testing||Full blood count, blood group and antibody screen, Rubella titre, Syphillis screen, Hepatitis B and C screen, HIV, Varicella serology (Chicken Pox) and a urine sample.|
|Early Pregnancy Ultrasound
6-10 weeks gestation
|The Early pregnancy ultrasound is performed to determine the dates of the pregnancy.|
|Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound
11-14 weeks gestation
|This is completed with a blood test you have few days prior. Dr Cerqui or Dr Homar will then perform an ultrasound to check for the neck skin thickness. The combined test screens for some abnormalities including Down’s Syndrome and alert us of possible chromosome problems in 85% of cases. It is a non-invasive screening test. Result will be discussed during the appointment.|
18-20 weeks gestation
|This is a routine ultrasound to examine foetal growth, foetal anatomy and placental position.|
20 weeks +
|A 2 hour Glucose Tolerance Test, to test for Gestational Diabetes.|
|28 weeks scan
|At 28 weeks, Dr Cerqui and Dr Homar will perform an Ultrasound to assess the growth and wellbeing of your baby.|